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Has anybody used carb powder to help with carb loading. Should I just stick with real food. Sometimes carb loading with real food takes all your energy when it’s hot outside.

sandman3698's picture

I'll drink some dextrose post workout with my whey. Intra Im usually drinking some form of gatorade with bcaas and added minerals in there. But any other time its usually oatmeal or rice.

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23Sparta's picture

I’ve used Vitargo before, expensive af, didn’t knock my socks off with results. I just smash oat flour and water all day long, $40 a week, easy to drink, didn’t blow my insulin sensitivity out of the water either. I know it’s not very glycemic, but I figure if I’m always drinking it, I’ll anyways have some glycogen ready do go, like a long ester. Also has other health benefits. Was my only source of carbs (besides cheats) my last bulk and I was happy with the results, I stayed full and my workouts were savage and now I’m cruising, reduced the oat flour, and poking myself five times a day for blood glucose and loving what I’m seeing.

Rosschestzip's picture

Lol “long estered carbs”
How to tell your a juice head 101. You call something that’s long lasting, “long estered” LMAO Lol

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23Sparta's picture

Lmao, dying, you got me. 300g oat flour enanthate ED. Honesty though, that’s exactly my thinking, if I drink it every hour, I should have stable blood levels

greensyndicate's picture

I've used Dextrose and Karbolyn, and based on my experience, karbolyn digested better for me, I felt better on it and not getting crazy sugar rush or crash.

DeeMan's picture

It just depends on convenience I reckon. And appetite too I guess. So food is always the best route but when you're needing sugar and or protein in your system fast then yea liquids are better. I personally do both. Food takes more energy to digest as opposed to liquid. Both have their plus and minus.

anvil's picture

Only intra workout Dextrose. I have to watch carbs during my chicken and rice eating contest. Stick with real foods unless you can't stomach it, then do what you have to make it work. Something is better than nothing.

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TrenAThor's picture

I like the jacked factory carb surge. I drink a scoop during workout then after. I feel it helps not being so bloated and keeps me going through the workout. I also put 10g BCAA, 3g citrulline, 5g glutamine, 2g beta alanine along with primeval intracell. Maybe it's a little overboard but it gets me through feeling full (muscle fullness) and not crazy burned out at the end. (The only thing with the JF carb surge is you have to shake it everytime you go to take a sip because it doesn't break down the best)

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Jwow's picture

I drink one serving of Karbolyn during my workout preferably within the first 15 minutes of my workout I’ll have that finished for an hour to hour and a half workout. Then I’ll have another scoop with some whey isolate directly after my workout. It’s 50g of carbs per serving but alittle pricy compared to other sources.

Wildling's picture

I use axe and sledge demo day. I think it does better than actual food as I don’t like working out with food on my stomach and I can slam carbs pre and jntra workout. Muscles push blood like crazy when you find a good dose.

Banjokid2020's picture

I've looked into that product but never pulled the trigger. May just have to do it

Wildling's picture

I do half a scoop before and sip on half a scoop during. I like it… it really shines when you are on a low carb diet plan.

Jameshobbis's picture

Best ways I find to get the extra carbs in cyclic dextrin intra workout cream of rice pre and post workout all very easy to digest, doesn't sit on the stomach and very quick and easy to make up

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Rosschestzip's picture

What’s the difference between all these other fast digesting carbs and sugar? Aren’t they all doing the same thing and turn into the same thing once you digest them anyways?

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Jameshobbis's picture

1000% no they are not simple sugars. These carb sources do not spike glucose levels do a bit of research bro and you'll see the difference mate

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DeeMan's picture

Not the case man. @Rosschestzip you're right. Dextrose does spike insulin a bit. In fact dextrose is sometimes used in medical field for patients with low blood sugar issues.

Rosschestzip's picture

So I think he might’ve been right about specifically just cyclic dextrin but then Dee your right about maltodextrin and dextrose. And I had just assumed the cyclic dextrin was just another intra carb like those but I guess it is different

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DeeMan's picture

@Rosschestzip ok so he's just speaking on cylic dextrin.. I see. Wording mix up

Rosschestzip's picture

Well maltodextrin and dextrose and all the others are. And on the Reddit for cycling they were all saying it’s just cheaper for them to drink syrup than by carb products. So for those ones do you know if there’s a difference or a reason why you wouldn’t use Gatorade instead of an intra workout that used something like maltodextrin?

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wanted's picture

Cheaper = shitty digestion
we are all looking at the easiest way to get the nutrients in without screwing up digestion
Syrups no thankyou. Honey yes

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Jameshobbis's picture

Exactly what wanted just said! You get what you pay for!
Alot of the shitty carbs will leave you bloated, sit on the stomach and ruin digestion

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DeeMan's picture

@wanted @Rosschestzip yes you can absolutely use Gatorade or Gatorade powder post workout especially due to the fact that it's loaded with electrolytes. I used Gatorade powder years ago. And yep gotta be careful with servings. Sugar is basically glucose and fructose. Dextrose is pure glucose.

Rosschestzip's picture

Ya the servings messed me all up. It said like 30 grams per serving but a serving was only like half a scoop, so I was getting about 100 grams thinking I was getting like 50. I ued to use other things like maltodextrin and stuff but the Gatorade was cheaper

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Rosschestzip's picture

I use Gatorade powder and the other day I realized that they put they nutritional info based on like 1/3 of a scoop and not a full scoop so when I make a jug of it, it’s like 100 grams of sugar, I’m fine having 100 grams of carbs but idk if 100 grams of straight sugar is horrible to have even if I’ll be burning it off during that workout.

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anvil's picture

There is a limit you can store for muscle glycogen synthesis. At a moderately steady pace of exercise, you metabolize blood glucose at 1 gram per minute or 60 grams per hour, according to exercise physiologist David Peterson. With full liver glycogen stores, a less fit athlete will run out of glycogen after one hour and 45 minutes of exercise.

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wanted's picture

Im similar
Cream of rice pre workout meal
Super carb - nutrabio mixed with pre workout powder
Intra carb drink has gatorade powder lemon dextrose

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Jameshobbis's picture

At the moment my carbs are super low so I don't get them luxuries atm haha but I normally go 100-150g cream of rice pre with egg whites and a scoop of whey pre workout meal

1 hour later I take my pre workout, 7g creatine, 5g glutamine, 1g pink salt

Intra I like to go 50g cyclic dextrin, 15g eaas, 1g pink salt

Post workout 100g - 150g cream of rice, 4 rice cakes or a squares bar 250g chicken breast

All super easy to digest, absorb well and get down really easy but as I Said right now my carbs are super low so non of the good stuff at the mo for another week or so haha

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press1's picture

I always use Dextrose powder in drinks, helps tonnes with bulking and getting adequate energy for training. I've tried the other stuff like Vitargo, Cyclic Dextrin, Maltodextrin etc but the problem is they have to be put in a shaker each time to mix them correctly, where as Dextrose stirs in with a spoon. I really like the sweet taste of it also. It use to be so cheap to buy, but just like Protein powder the bastards have managed to double its cost over the past 5 years despite it being dirt cheap to manufacture. I still get carbs from foods like potatoes and bread etc, but drinking it helps to load in extra and put weight on. Very effective unless you are cutting lol

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